Early Care & Education Funders Collaborative

Washington Area Women’s Foundation established the Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative in 2008, as a multi-year, multi-million dollar collective funding effort. The Collaborative is supported and directed by corporate funders and local and national foundations.


The Collaborative’s mission is to increase the quality and capacity of, and access to, early care and education in the Washington region.

In support of this mission, the Collaborative serves as a regional convener and grantmaker, supporting systemic approaches to improving the quality of early care and education in the Washington region.


  • The Andrew and Julie Klingenstein Family Fund
  • Bainum Family Foundation
  • Wendy Goldberg
  • Greater Washington Community Foundation
  • The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
  • The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
  • PNC Foundation
  • Polinger Family Foundation
  • Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation
  • Washington Area Women’s Foundation
  • The World Bank Group



Are you interested in learning more about the Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative? Our staff are community builders, technical assistance providers, meeting facilitators, policy advocates, philanthropists, grantseekers, communicators—and a resource for anyone working to improve the lives of women and girls in the region.  Contact us to learn more, or find out how you can join us.